As we all know, the best way to get something accomplished is to make it as a goal and write it down. Outlining a goal in writing increases greatly the probability that the goal will be accomplished.
Here are some guidelines and techniques to help you accomplish your goals:
Focus on results and opportunities.
Make sure that when you make a goal that it is something that can be accomplished. Sometimes if the end goal is really, really big or hard to accomplish, break the big goal into several smaller goals that you can achieve along the way so you feel like you are making real progress. A goal is only good if you work at accomplishing it. Make sure you are doing the work and good things will come. Also, look out for the opportunities that life sends at you that can also help you accomplish your goals.
Use positive, meaningful language.
Be sure that when you are writing your goals you make them meaningful. If reaching the goal has no specific significance for you, you won’t be very motivated to achieve the goal. You should also make the goals positive. This should go without saying, but ask yourself this simple question. Will achieving this goal make a positive or negative effect on my life. If it won’t have a positive impact, you should really recond=sider wheteher it should be a goal or not.
Personalize to your values and purpose.
These are your goals so the goals you set for yourself should reflect and go along with what your overall direction and purpose of your life is. Everyone has a set of values whether good or bad, and your goals should reflect those valves. These are your goals so you should absolutely make them about you and the direction you want your life to go.
Write it down with a deadline.
Research has shown that if you write down a specific deadline to accomplish your goal, you have a much greater chance of reaching it by that deadline. When faced with a deadline, people have a unique ability to rise up and make it happen. Without deadlines though, human nature is going to kick in. You will not feel any urgency and it will get put on the back burner to more pressing things happening in your life and while you might still accomplish your goal, it will not be nearly as soon as if you set a deadline to achieve it.
Use clear, simple and specific words.
When writing goals you want to make sure that they are very clear. You need to know exactly what you need to do to accomplish it. You don’t want to come back later and look at a goal and not be totally sure what you were trying to accomplish. Along those same lines, you want the goal to be simple. That means using as simple of language as possible. This will limit possible confusion later on. If you find that your goal is very complex and has many layers to it, you should redesign the one complex goal into several simpler goals. When all of the simpler goals are accomplished, you will find that you have achieved your bigger goal. Always use very specific words. If the goal is worded in a really general way, you can come back later and talk yourself into thinking you have really achieved your goal when you really haven’t. Specific words also help avoid confusion later on.
Make it exciting or challenging.
You want to make your goals dynamic. If your goals don’t stir something inside you, you will not have any motivation to achieve your goals and without any motivation to achieve it, there really is no point in having it as a goal at all in the first place. Make your goals challenging. The sense of accomplishment comes from achieving goals that you were not sure that you could accomplish. If you make your goals so easy to accomplish that you can achieve them with very little effort, you will find that there will be very little reward on the back-end when you do achieve them.
Create a contract with yourself or others.
It is important that you make yourself accountable for achieving the goals you set for yourself. One of the things that you can do is to actually make up a contract with yourself that you sign yourself saying that you are going to achieve your goal. Another really good way is to have an accountability partner. This is when you tell someone else about your goal and when you want to achieve it by and they will hold you accountable for achieving it. It works like having a deadline. You are more likely to achieve the goal if you know that someone else will know if you achieved it or not.
Craft a way to visualize the goal.
When you are trying to achieve a goal it is vital the you visualize yourself achieving your goal. This means that you need to look at it and think about it daily. I recommend writing your goal on a note card and taping it to your bathroom mirror. This makes you look at it every morning when you get up and every evening before you go to bed. Take a few moments each day and actually close your eyes and see yourself achieving your goal. This will greatly increase the chances of you achieving your goal.
Set short and long-term objectives.
Depending on if your goal is a short-term or long-term goal will dictate this. If it is a long-term goal, it is a good idea to incorporate some short-term objectives that you can achieve as you are working to achieve the overall long-term goal. this will keep you focused and working towards the larger goal. You can make a lot more progress achieving several small term objectives that culminate in the overall success of the goal.
Analyze for problems and solutions.
After writing your goal, go back and look through it and make sure you have it the way you want it. Look at all the things I have discussed here in this blog and make sure they are incorporated. If you are not sure, show it to someone else and ask for their input. Alot of times they can think of ideas that can be very helpful to you that you might not have thought about on your own.
Goals are an essential part of being a successful person. They allow us to accomplish the things that we want to and give us a sense of achievement as we go through this thing called life. So, let’s make some new goals in our life and get started.